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Back to School: Iowans earn fourth most associate’s degrees

August 29, 2016

Iowans are rightfully proud of our statewide network of community colleges, and so are the state’s employers. Iowans are fourth in the nation in associate’s degrees per capita, and Iowa companies benefit from the well-trained employees. 

These 15 community colleges all work closely with businesses in their regions. Together they’re developing curricula that are immediately relevant for local employers. For example, Cottingham & Butler, an insurance broker with more than 700 employees headquartered in Dubuque, collaborates with Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) on employee training programs.

“Our business has become a data-driven business and [Northeast Iowa Community College] customizes programming beginning, middle, and high level for our folks,” David Becker, CEO of Cottingham & Butler said.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) offers funding for employee training programs. Contact IEDA at to learn more about how your company could leverage the programs and Iowa’s community colleges.



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